JCC pre-Purim party featuring free copies of “The Illustrated Cocktail” with ticket

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

When it comes to drinking on Purim, the Talmud clearly understood what the scroll of Esther was all about. In practically every chapter of the Megillah, someone is imbibing heavily at a drinking party. And the scroll concludes with Mordecai’s instruction to the entire Jewish people to celebrate these days as “yemei mishteh v’simchah, days of drinking and rejoicing” (Esther 9:22).

In Talmud: “Rava said: It is one’s duty levasumei, to make oneself fragrant [with wine] on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between ‘arur Haman‘ (cursed be Haman) and ‘barukh Mordekhai’ (blessed be Mordecai)” (Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 7b).

That could be interpreted in many ways, including getting black-out drunk, so for the purposes here, let’s just assume we’re all going to drink responsibly.

Pre-Purim Party featuring “The Illustrated Cocktail”

On Tuesday, March 15th, Nishmah & the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival are hosting a pre-Purim cocktail party, featuring local author Rachel K. Miller.

Last year, Miller published The Illustrated Cocktail, a gorgeously illustrated collection of more than 60 cocktail recipes. Each recipe is a full-color drawing, with the facing page containing a black-and-white figure sketch as well as some humorous text or interesting facts about the drink.

Miller divided the cocktails into six sections, arranged by the dominant alcohol used so that there’s a vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila and wine, and brandy section, as well as one on shots. Twenty additional pages contain tips on home bartending, setting up a bar, and collecting vintage glass, along with other adult beverage information.

Pre-Purim Party

For this event, you’re invited to grab a nosh and a drink, and then hear from Miller, as she discusses her inspiration behind her book.

“I am so excited about this event with The Jewish Book Festival and Nishmah,” said Miller. “These organizations are so important to the community. I am very honored that they have chosen my book to promote with this event. My hope is, that people will come by, enjoy the evening,  also learn a little more about JBF and Nishmah and get excited about my book too.”

The price of admission to the event is $36, and includes a copy of The Illustrated Cocktail, which retails for $54.99. This is an incredible opportunity to get the book at this crazy discounted price.  This price is only good for the event.

Free Recipe

March 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Pre-Purim Party
Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tickets: $36, includes copy of the book plus refreshments
Proof of vaccine is required. Masks must be worn at all times when not eating or drinking.


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